Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology
Priscila Mezzomo, who is a PhD student in our team, won the prize for best student talk at a PhD student conference organized by the Department of Zoology, University of South Bohemia.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Merry Christmas and happiness,
good health, love and many publications
in the New Year 2023!
from Laboratory of Evolutionary Ecology
Hybridization as a path to success? Adaptive hybridization in willows in face of biotic and abiotic pressures.
We are looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join a project funded by Czech Science Foundation that aims at exploring if the hybridization in plants is fuelled by the adaptive value of hybrids in face of biotic and abiotic selection pressures. The project focuses on willows as a diverse and dominant key-stone plant genus to explore the distribution of their hybrids in natural communities and to dissect their interactions with insect herbivores and environment along elevational gradients.
Why are highland plants chemically distinct? Find out in our new paper by Martin and Terka!
Plants produce an astonishing diversity of chemical compounds that help them to cope with various types of stress. Here we used willows growing along an elevational gradient to compare various aspects of chemical diversity among plants exposed to different environmental conditions.
Gibson joins our team!
Our team is back in the field and starting new experiments! In these projects, we aim at answering three exciting questions:
Ezgi joins our team!
Ezgi Ogutcen has joined our team as a new postdoc. She will expand our projects towards the tropics as she will study the evolution of both temperate and tropical plants from the willow family. We hope that this project will reveal how gradients in biotic interactions and abiotic conditions shape the chemical diversity in plants.
New paper by Paola
Target sequence capture of Barnadesioideae (Compositae) demonstrates the utility of low coverage loci in phylogenomic analyses
Loci lacking molecular data for a large number of samples are commonly excluded in phylogenomics analyses, even though they may still contain valuable information. We investigated how the missing data impacts branch support and topology using the target enrichment approach.
Volf M, Volfová T, Seifert CL, Ludwig A, Engelmann RA, Jorge LR, Richter R, Schedl A, Weinhold A, Wirth C, van Dam NM. A mosaic of induced and non-induced branches promotes variation in leaf traits, predation and insect herbivore assemblages in canopy trees. Ecology Letters. 2021. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13943